28 teams will compete to fill in the remaining eight spots for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India through the qualification to be held from 16 to 30 September 2021 at five host countries.

Chinese Taipei will be the host for Group A while Tajikistan will host Groups B and C. As for Group D, Lebanon will play host, while Uzbekistan hosts Groups E, F and G. For Group H, the host will be Palestine.

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The 20th edition of the tournament will be held in India from 20 January to 6 February 2022 at Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune. This tournament is also the first to feature 12 teams from eight in past editions. Host nation India, along with Australia, China and Japan are already qualified for the tournament.

The Southeast Asian region will be represented by Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam will be facing fierce competition from other Asian teams.

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Other Southeast Asian teams Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste and Cambodia with other 12 teams did not send their representatives for the qualification without stating any reason.

The defending champion is Japan who beat Australia in the final at Amman, Jordan in 2018.

The Covid-19 pandemic has overshadowed the teams’ preparations as many leagues are cancelled.

This article was first published on 28 August 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 156

THE BRUNEIAN | KUALA LUMPUR 

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